Heartbroken parents have described their late daughter as a “smiley and happy” character following her sudden death. Colette Fazackerley’s body was found on railway tracks on April 9, Easter Sunday, after police were called to the scene near Ashton Cricket Club. The mum-of-three, 40, has been remembered by her parents, Julie and Ian, who said every person who met their daughter would simply “adore” her.
They described her as the “life and soul of every party”. Ms Fazackerley struggled with her mental health due to her epilepsy.
Her parents, who run the Wagon and Horses pub in Gorton, told the Manchester Evening News: “Because of how happy she was and how she was always smiling, nobody would have known about her mental health struggles. We are a very close-knit family. If there was ever a problem, Colette was always the first person to call us.”
Recalling fond memories of Ms Fazackerley, her mother said she was “always the first to lend a hand and help others”.
She continued: “One story I remember is, about six years ago, she was going to hospital to visit her mother-in-law and there was a woman in labour in the foyer.
“The next think I knew, our Colette had a newborn baby in her hands. She caught the baby as the woman was pushing. She was quick and that was her instinct.”
Following her death, Ms Fazackerley’s family and friends came together for a touching memorial, during which they released balloons in her memory.
Her parents, who are now planning the funeral together with other family members, added: “It was eye-opening and amazing to see that she had touched so many people. Old friends and people from her childhood we hadn’t seen for years were there to pay their respects.
“As a person, you’d never know she was suffering. We are now all supporting one another as a family.”
The beloved mother leaves behind her parents, brothers Michael and Christopher, sister Emma and her three children Holllie, Alex and Hannah.
Ms Fazackerley was last seen on April 7 at approximately 8.10pm outside Bar 15 on George Street in Ashton-under-Lyne, British Transport Police (BTP) said. She was reported missing the following day.
She was pronounced dead on April 9 after police were called to reports of a woman near the train tracks, close to Ashton Cricket Club.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Oliver Jemson asked the public for help as they are trying to establish what the mum-of-three was doing in the hours between her last confirmed sighting and when her body was found.
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He continued: “We’re analysing Ashton town centre CCTV but if you have dashcam footage you might think is useful, or a personal video doorbell, please let us know.
“While we are not treating her death as suspicious, is important to her family to know what happened in the hours leading up to her death and so I urge anyone who saw Colette to get in touch as soon as they can.”
Anyone with information can contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016 with the reference 328 of 9 April.
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